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Full text of "Men Of Mathematics"

^       MASTER AND  PUPIL
After all, why should mathematicians, who are human beings
like the rest of us, always be so pedantically exact and so in-
humanly perfect? As Weierstrass said, 'It is true that a mathe-
matician who is not also something of a poet will never be a
perfect mathematician'. That is the answer: a perfect mathe-
matician, by the very fact of his poetic perfection, would be a
mathematical impossibility.